Do you know that Zinc, this micronutrient plays an important role in the formation of structural proteins like antioxidants and in the outer membrane of each cell? This means that if zinc level in our body is low, the proteins that our cells form will not be able to function correctly, leading to increased risk of oxidative damage and impaired cellular function.
Zinc is very important in the development and function of immune cells, specifically T-cell growth and differentiation into white blood cells to ward off infection and disease.
Which are the foods which supply us with the neccessary zinc? There are many whole foods that are high in zinc, but if you require treatment for deficiency, speak to your doctor or natural health specialist before beginning any regimen of zinc supplementation. Some of the best foods o raise zinc level are:
Grass-Fed Beef and Lamb
Pumpkin and Squash Seeds
Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) and Mung Beans
Kefir or Yogurt
Ask a natural health specialist or medicine doctor before beginning any treatment for zinc deficiency.
How do you find out if you are suffering from zinc deficiency?
Those who suffer from zinc deficiency tend to have the following symptoms:
Compromised immune system: Zinc affects cell activities. Zinc deficiency can cause reduced or weakened antibodies and compromise the immune system. Thus the deficient person will be prone to infection or flu.
Diarrhea: A compromised immune system makes one susceptible to infection. One of these infections is a bacteria that causes diarrhea.
Hair loss and skin lesions: It is important for normal cell growth. Zinc nutrition deficiency weakens the cells, which can result in hair loss in case of cells on the scalp and lesions on the skin. This is one of the prominent signs of its deficiency.
Loss of appetite and/or anorexia: A deficiency of zinc causes decreased loss of appetite. If zinc deficiency is not identified and treated, decreased loss of appetite can eventually lead to anorexia.
Impairment of cognitive and motor functions. Its deficiency in a pregnant mother can not only weaken the mother, but can also cause damage to the fetus’s neurological system, impairing the motor skills and cognitive skills of the infant.
Other signs of zinc deficiency are reduced fertility, rashes on the skin, spots on fingernails, sleep disturbace, loss of sex drive, loss of taste or smell, and in some cases mild anemia.